Bound & Teased, Marie Tuhart
Genre: Romance, Erotica
I was really looking forward to this, a new to me author, a story with hot men, second chance romance, some BDSM and some spicy sex….so what went wrong?
Well, I guess first off as they hadn’t seen Katie for eight years I expected some discussion of why she left so suddenly? And of course eight years is a long time – she’s now 26, and that’s a huge growing and changing gap from 18, so why did they assume she’d come back to them. I thought they’d talk about those missing years, but no, just wham, straight back into some sex and BDSM….I couldn’t see that happening whichever way I looked at it. I just felt that the sex was the story here, and I need a solid story backing up sex, not this way round. Still, there was a bestseller not so long ago of 20 steamy bits from various books, so clearly others don’t need the sex to be connected to story and characters 🙂 Same as always, everyone wants something different from their reading.
Then there’s the connection between them. Why did they act as they did the moment she was 18, they didn’t seem to have had any contact til then and now 8 years on to assume she’s back and wants to pick up where they left off? I didn’t feel any connection between them – no sizzling sexual heat, no can’t keep my hands off him/her, and even the guys seemed like a somewhat staid couple. There was plenty of sex, but for me it didn’t match the story, didn’t feel right and it just overshadowed the story. If you want a book full of hot, steamy sex this is it, but if like me you want more story – well, the story simply gets lost here. Its not strong enough to stand against endless pages of sex.
Stars: Two and a half, didn’t work for me, but if you just want the sensuality without bothering about story and connections then you’ll love it.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers